Some Distant Music

Courtney Justus My House This house I live in is not my own. Two stories, colonial style, in northwest Houston, wooden floors like my dance studio, plus a wide, metallic gate and a garden through which I rarely walk, because Mr. Martínez, the owner, a balding man in round glasses, told me there were snakes. […]

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Speechless

Mafer Benavides “Mey-feer? Mahr-fahyër?” the tournament judge called squinting her eyes, trying to find the spelling error, even though there was no error. “It’s Mafer. It’s a nickname for my full name, Maria Fernanda.” She stared at me blankly. “My parents are creative,” I lied, and she laughed. “Okay, Mahfeer, you’re up!” I walk to […]

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Mis Amores

Translation: Mis amores Where do all my lovers go after they leave my bed? Some of them point to the west, others point to the north,  and I am unsure of what star  to follow.  Tonight, I hear  the wolf’s shadow rise  over the church I abandoned.  It lengthens with each love  that forswears to […]

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Tengo un amor que me espiaì

Octavio Quintanilla Translation: Tengo un amor que me espiá She spies on me through the window when I gab with death.  Watch out. Remember  her name: Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His poetry, fiction, translations, […]

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La Muerte

Octavio Quintanilla like my father’s cornfields         in the last days of July       like the smile of the girl         who rejected me when I was eight  like the taste of beer after being unfaithful like the taste of God after cursing Him  Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I […]

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Mi lujuria como la voz de Dios

Octavio Quintanilla Translation: Not necessary to be transformed  Into a bull  Nor dress in an angel’s fur Each commandment  A vise for you But for me ten ways of boasting My power  Still you’re the dark voice  Grieving in the desert The body’s bellow  Profane water gushing  Between my three brains  Among all things  Blessed […]

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Hello?

Ariel Del Vecchio This work is a conversation between a person and the emotions they try to ignore. Ariel del Vecchio is an artist currently living and working in San Antonio Texas.

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